Little Free Libraries Open at Elementaries

Take a Book, Bring a Book to LFL
Posted on 05/30/2018
Greenbriar's Little Free Library

Just in time for summer reading, each of District 28’s three elementary schools officially opened a Little Free Library for all the community to use.

Each of District 28’s ‘libraries’ is constructed of wood and decorated by the school. The community is invited to take a book and share a book at any of the three locations: Greenbriar School, 1225 Greenbriar Lane; Meadowbrook School, 1600 Walters Ave., or Westmoor School, 2500 Cherry Lane.

Little Free Libraries are popping up around the country and around the world as a way for the community to read and exchange books and inspire a love of reading, according to littlefreelibrary.org. Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in Wisconsin as a tribute to his mother, according to the website. Today there are more than 4,000 libraries and a non-profit organization sponsoring the effort.

The school librarians introduced the LFLs to the elementary students before school was out and published a video explaining how they work.

“We had always loved the idea of a Little Free Library, and when I spotted a man selling them in Wisconsin, I knew it was meant to be,” said Greenbriar Librarian Colleen Sanchez.

Based on the model developed by Bol, the mini-schoolhouse boxes are mounted on a post in a public space. Readers of all ages are encouraged to share books they love and discover new books donated by another user.

A few more guidelines to help make the LFLs a success:

  • All types of family-oriented books are welcome: picture books, chapter books, magazines. If you enjoyed it with your family, it’s worth sharing.
  • Please do not leave books outside the protection of the LFL if it is full. Wait until there is room to donate a book.
  • Please don’t leave used journals, puzzle books or coloring books, and keep them free of debris.
  • Do not place public or school library books in the Little Free Library.

Pictured above: 

Winners of Greenbriar's Little Free Library decorating contest are, from left, Fiona Smialek, Maggie Gjermano, Audrey Yen (front) and Claire Dolan. Mrs. Colleen Sullivan, Greenbriar’s librarian, organized the project after spotting the undecorated boxes for sale in Wisconsin.